Throughout his professional life, Kenneth Brailsford has been an innovator in the nutritional supplements industry. In the course of his 35-year career, he initiated the production of encapsulated herbal capsules, developed and published The Herbalist magazine, and founded four nutritional product companies. Kenneth Brailsford built his success largely upon the mass appeal of herbal supplements, but what makes them so popular?
– Proven history: The healing effects of herbal remedies have been tried and tested over thousands of years. The first written record of herbal medicine dates back to about 3,000 BC, and indigenous Native American and African tribes routinely used herbs for healing.
– Widespread availability: Herbal medicines are naturally occurring and readily available. They are considered dietary supplements by the FDA, so they do not have to undergo the regulatory scrutiny necessary to establish the safety of pharmaceutical drugs. Rather, safety is presumed based upon the established history of herbs for medicinal use. No prescription is required, and many supplements can be found in any health food or grocery store. People can also grow and develop their own herbal remedies.
– Natural healing properties: As shown throughout history, herbal supplements are natural healers. In fact, many of the modern drugs in use today were derived from plants. Herbal supplements are used to treat a variety of ailments. Many have multifaceted uses for the hair, skin, and body. Popular supplements include St. John’s wort, used to treat mood disorders and fight inflammation; Ginkgo biloba, used to improve concentration, relieve ADHD, and maintain eye health; and aloe vera, used for skin irritations, constipation, and hair health.
Because the effects of natural supplements may vary with the individual, you should consult a doctor before beginning a natural regimen.